Saskatchewan Seeding Advancing Quickly



Saskatchewan producers are continuing to make quick work of this year’s seeding.

According to the latest provincial crop report on Thursday, almost three-quarters of the crop (73%) was in the ground as of Monday, up from 38% a week earlier and well ahead of the five-year average of 59%. Last year at this time, 70% of the crop was in.

“Seeding progress is quickly advancing across the province, thanks to very few disruptions in the weather and relatively good seeding conditions,” the report said.

The southwest region is the most advanced, with 84% of the crop in the ground as of Monday. An estimated 71% was seeded in the southeast, while 68% of the crop was seeded in the east central region, 75% in the west central region, 62% in the north east and 68% in the north west.

In terms of crops, 80% of the spring wheat, 84% of the durum, 93% of the lentils, 94% of the peas, 63% of the canola, 66% of the barley and 55% of the flax were all seeded as of Monday.

Rainfall was reported this past week throughout the province, ranging from trace amounts to 23 mm in the Radville area. The majority of the province remains in need of rain to replenish the topsoil, as warm temperatures and strong winds continue to dry fields.

Provincially, cropland topsoil moisture was rated as 44% adequate, 40% short and 16% very short as of Monday. That compares to 1% surplus, 52% adequate, 40% short and 7% very short the previous week.

Southeast:

Very good seeding progress was made in the region as 71 per cent of the crop is now seeded, up from 53 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) average of 67 per cent for this time of year. Many producers have wrapped up seeding operations and more expect to finish up in the coming weeks. Eighty per cent of the spring wheat, 92 per cent of the durum, 70 per cent of the canola, 69 per cent of the soybeans and 91 per cent of the lentils and canary seed have been seeded to date.

Small amounts of rainfall were reported in the region this past week, with 8 mm in the Redvers area. The Lampman, Moosomin, Grenfell, Wilcox, Regina and Marquis areas received 4 mm and the Radville area 23 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 46 per cent adequate, 44 per cent short and 10 per cent very short. Rainfall would be beneficial to pastures and hayland in the region, as growth has been limited.

Crop emergence has been slow with the cool and dry conditions. Frost occurred this past week in the region, but little damage is expected, as most crops have not yet emerged.

Southwest:

Eighty-four per cent of the crop is now seeded, up significantly from 52 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) average of 73 per cent for this time of year. While many producers have finished seeding, more expect to be done in the coming week. Eighty-two per cent of the spring wheat, 83 per cent of the durum, 81 per cent of the canola, 93 per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the peas and 50 per cent of the chickpeas are in the ground.

Very little rainfall was reported in the region, with most areas reporting no rain to only trace amounts. The Rockglen area reported eight mm, the Big Beaver, Shaunavon and Swift Current areas 2 mm and the Consul area 5 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 45 per cent adequate, 40 per cent short and 15 per cent very short.

Crop emergence and pasture growth have been slow with the cool and dry conditions. Frost occurred more than once this past week in the region, but little damage is expected, as most crops are slow to emerge.

East-Central:

Seeding progress has more than doubled in the region and 68 per cent of the crop is now in the ground. This is up from 31 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) average of 46 per cent for this time of year. Eighty-one per cent of the spring wheat, 65 per cent of the barley, 60 per cent of the canola, 93 per cent of the lentils and 95 per cent of the field peas have been seeded.

The majority of the region did not receive significant rainfall last week, with most areas reporting no rain to only trace amounts. The Langenburg area reported 7 mm, the Rama area 3 mm, the Wadena area 2.5 mm and the Meacham area 12 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 33 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 22 per cent very short. Rainfall would be beneficial to pastures and hay land in the region, as growth has been limited.

Crop emergence has been slow due to the cool conditions and lack of moisture. Overnight temperatures were below freezing this past week, though little crop damage was reported, as the majority of crops have not emerged yet. There are reports of winterkill on fall-seeded crops, as well.

West-Central:

Producers made tremendous seeding progress this past week in the region thanks to good seeding conditions and no delays in the weather. Seventy-five per cent of the crop is now in the ground, significantly up from just 32 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) average of 62 per cent for this time of year. Some producers have wrapped up seeding, while others will need another week or two of good weather. Seventy-two per cent of the spring wheat, 81 per cent of the durum, 68 per cent of the canola, and 96 per cent of the peas and lentils have been seeded to date.

Precipitation this past week ranged from nil to 20 mm in the Kerrobert area. The Biggar area reported receiving 7 mm, the Cando and Sonningdale areas 5 mm, and the Macklin area 12.5 mm. With the lack of rain and strong winds, topsoil moisture conditions continue to deteriorate. Significant rainfall will be needed in the coming weeks to help crops emerge, hay crops to establish and pasture to grow. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 28 per cent adequate, 45 per cent short and 27 per cent very short.

The cool and dry conditions have resulted in slow crop emergence. Frost occurred as overnight temperatures dipped below freezing, with some crop damage reported on early-seeded crops; however, with many crops not emerged, the crop damage is expected to be minimal.

Producers remain concerned about the dry soil moisture conditions and livestock water quality.

Northeast:

Seeding progress in the northeast has nearly tripled, with 62 per cent now in the ground, up from 22 per cent last week. Thanks to very good field conditions, the region is well-ahead the five-year (2014-2018) average of 46 per cent for this time of year. Eighty-five per cent of the spring wheat, 56 per cent of the barley, 53 per cent of the canola and oats, and 94 per cent of the field peas have been seeded to date.

Varying amounts of rainfall were reported last week, ranging from trace amounts to 17 mm in the Garrick area. The Star City area reported 10 mm of rain, the Arborfield area 11 mm, the Birch Hills area 6 mm and the Humboldt area 4 mm. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 75 per cent adequate, 22 per cent short and three per cent very short. Producers have reported that moisture is mostly adequate for crop and pasture growth, but rainfall after seeding has wrapped up would be welcomed.

Pastures and hay land remain slow to green up due to the cool weather and lack of moisture in parts of the region. Producers have indicated that cold temperatures are making pre-seed weed control difficult, as there is little weed growth. Freezing temperatures also occurred this past week in the region, but, with slow crop emergence, little damage is expected.

Northwest:

Producers in the region have made tremendous seeding progress this past week, with 68 per cent of the crop now in the ground. This is up from 28 per cent last week and ahead of the five-year (2014-2018) average of 55 per cent for this time of year. Some producers have wrapped up seeding, while others will need another couple of weeks. Eighty-four per cent of the spring wheat, 38 per cent of the oats, 59 per cent of the barley, 53 per cent of the canola and 95 per cent of the field peas have been seeded in the region.

Some areas received moisture that will benefit the crops, pastures and hay land. Rainfall this past week ranged from nil to 14 mm in the North Battleford area. The Radisson and Turtleford areas received 3 mm, the Mayfair area 11 mm, the Glaslyn area 9 mm and the Meadow Lake area 10 mm. Like most of the province, lack of moisture and strong winds have dried up many fields. Rainfall would be welcomed across the region. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as 49 per cent adequate, 37 per cent short and 14 per cent very short.

Crop emergence and pasture growth is slow due to cool conditions and lack of moisture. Frost occurred across the region this past week, but, with slow crop emergence, damage is expected to be limited.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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